Munich Airport’s dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories.
Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5% gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6%. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline’s bankruptcy, the increase would have been even bigger. Another record is reported by the air freight segment, which achieved a total turnover of around 379,000 tons in 2017 – a 7% gain over the previous year.
“These are outstanding traffic figures, especially when we consider the turbulence the aviation industry is currently experiencing. The massive increases once again underscore our airport’s importance as one of the leading air transportation hubs in Europe,” said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Munich Airport.
As in previous years, passenger growth in Munich benefited in particular from above-average gains in international traffic. The strongest growth was seen in the intercontinental segment, where traffic increased by 7% to 7.3 million passengers. Demand was strong especially for connections from Munich to destinations in the US.